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“Those who cry out that the government should ‘do something’ never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing.” – Thomas Sowell
Another helping of Sowell food. We have been hearing a lot about “doing something” in the aftermath of a tragedy, catastrophe, or a disaster. Of course the responsibility for doing something is always assigned to the government, rather than taking individual responsibility. Yet the truth is, nine times out of ten, nothing need have been done outside of enforcing existing laws or exercising prudence.
The result is generally ill-considered new laws that fail to solve the real problem, inconvenience the innocent, and empower the perpetrators and would-be tyrants within the government.
But hey, if the approach of having the government “do something” has not worked the last 1,000 times it was tried, does not mean it won’t work this time right? We all know what the definition of insanity is.*
* Even if Einstein never said it.